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Urgent - Need Laptop Advice ASAP!

I broke my 2014 Macbook Pro 13" w/ Retina Display laptop a few months ago and am desperately in need of getting it replaced. It will cost $800 to fix, a cost I cannot afford right now. I am weighing my options...

1) I have the opportunity to buy a 2009 Macbook Pro 15" with not damages and an updated hard drive - it is now solid state. The price $300

2) I am also considering getting the HP Chromebook because of its pricing. Here it is:,2817,2425720,00.asp

What should I do? How will the HP matchup to my old laptop? I would prefer to get a new laptop, but how will the performance differ? All I care about is good design, fast internet, and a quality screen. I'm not doing anything else special. What should I do?

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Re: Chromebook

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A Chromebook doesn't run Windows or Mac OS. It runs Chrome OS. So it only runs Google approved apps from the Internet and stores most of its data in the cloud. Are you sure that offers the functionality you want? tells a little bit more.


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Thanks for the response! I really only need basic functionality - excel, word, powerpoint, a fast internet (or the google versions of each). I probably won't need much space. Will this be suitable? Is the quality good and interface smooth?

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Going back 5 years will be jolting.

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You may be very unhappy with the 2009 and certainly the Chromebook. Both would be such a jolt that you'll be out 300 bucks and worse for the experience.

The 2009 is now 6 years old. While it may be in working condition it's best years are long over.

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Thank you for the response! Much appreciated. Even with the 2009 hard drive updated to solid state, will it be worth it? Is the chromebook a better option? Or do you have any other options I might consider? I really appreciate it. I would like to spend under $400, what should I do?


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Take a chromebook for a spin.

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